Dec 29, 2009, 3:47 AM
Post #8 of 9
No offense taken, HD.
Yes, moving here involves a trade-off.
In my reply, I forgot to mention that I was thinking more of the flavor of some of the vegetables we get in the Pátzcuaro mercado, especially the green beans, the green chard, and the sweet and tender beets, with a touch of mineral taste (those which are still small and young, in contrast to the cannonball sized beets we often see.) And, with few exceptions, the prices are low. Lately, white potatoes have been an exception, (and almost always starchy) at $26 pesos a kilo, IIRC, and garlic at a price per cuarto kg. that gives one pause. However, I can't cook without it. The garlic, however, is generally superior to those shriveled 3 heads in a little box we used to buy in Kroger's. Calabacitas have relatively more flavor here than their insipid zucchini counterparts NOB. I admit though, we don't buy them often.
Among the less worthy vegetables in the mercado are the ridiculously cheap locally grown cucumbers, at $5 pesos for 3 (or could be more) per kg. However, they are watery and over mature with coarse seeds and nearly flavorless. We prefer the pepinos criollos at Bodega Aurrerá, which though a peso apiece (!) have some snap and flavor.
By the way, we found some yellow lemons (Limones Reales) at Wal-Mart in Morelia last week, and though somewhat costly compared to the Mexican green limones, we indulged in a few to appreciate what we'd left behind. In the end, we prefer the Mexican limes.
I don't really want to get into another, "What we can or can't get here SOB." type discussion. I covered some of my philosophy on that theme in a recent blog post.
"When Mexico Hands You Limones...Make Limonada"
That's all I have to offer for now. I can't get into fruit just now, other than to mention that we get (usually) sweet juice oranges, delivered to our street, for $15 pesos for 5 kgs.
Que tenga un buen día.